Postdoctoral Research Scientist
I have an endless fascination for disorders of the brain and mind. This started during my BSc studies in Psychology at Leiden University and peaked during my MSc in Neuroscience at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, during which I performed cognitive testing in patients suffering from recent-onset schizophrenia.
To dive more deeply into the fundamental mechanisms underlying brain disorders, I then continued my PhD work in the lab of Prof. Steven Kushner to work on translational models of psychiatric disorders. Here, I used a combination of rodent and human approaches to uncover novel biology underlying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In particular, I described the myelination of cortical GABAergic interneurons, an under-appreciated yet widespread phenomenon across the brain with potential implications for a range of disorders.
Following a short Postdoc with dr. Michael Halassa at MIT, I have joined the lab of Prof Stephanie Cragg (DPAG) as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist where I examine glial as well as non-glial contributions to striatal dopamine release in both health and disease.